Statement by the Spokesperson on the political situation in Sudan
Today’s decision of the African Union Peace and Security Council to suspend Sudan from African Union activities establishes clear criteria for the restoration of a peaceful and credible political process in order to address the legitimate aspirations of the Sudanese people.
All individuals detained on political grounds, including Yasir Arman, must be released and those, including women, who are missing must be accounted for immediately.
The European Union joins the African Union in calling for an immediate end to violence and a credible enquiry into the criminal events of the last days. Equally, the negotiations with the Forces for Freedom and Change towards a civilian-led Transitional Authority need to resume on the basis of agreements reached so far.
The African Union request for no interference by external powers in the process of resolving the current crisis must be followed through without delay. In this context, the EU notes the possibility of punitive measures to be applied by the AU against individuals and entities that obstruct the establishment of a civilian-led Transitional Authority.